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Isaac Newton Square KinderCare

Zina Belharet, Center Director

1946 Isaac Newton Square W Reston VA 20190
(703) 435-0263 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS

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Special Instructions:
in Newton Square, enter from either Wiehle Ave. or Sunset Hills Road

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Lake Anne Elementary, Terraset, Forest Edge, Sunrise Valley, Hunters Woods, Foxmill.

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KinderCare Isaac Newton Square encompasses all that a quality early childhood program should be - a stimulating environment, a creative and professional staff, with parents that are warm, supportive and interested in their children’s development.

Zina Belharet, Center Director

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Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Soccer, Chess,Science,French, German

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

  • Zina Belharet

    Zina Belharet, Center Director

    Be the Change that you want to see in the World" - Mohandes Ghandi

    Ms. Briscoe Matthews is a seasoned Operations Manager with over 20 years of experience in leadership roles in the Public and Private Sectors. She graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Psychology, with a focus in Child Psychology. She has three beautiful children of her own and enjoys leading a staff a dedicated teachers whose top priority is to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment for our children at Isaac Newton Square KinderCare. Here at Isaac Newton Square , we want to impact the lives of our children in a positive way.





    Year Started:
    2 Years
    B.S. Psychology
  • Zina Belharet

    Zina Belharet, Assistant Director

    I believe that educating is the best way to make a difference in life!!!

    Ms. Zina has been working at KinderCare for three years. She started her career in education as a French language teacher eleven years ago.  Ms. Zina is CDA certified, holding a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and foreign languages, and working on a master’s degree in organizational management. She loves working with children and families, and believes that education is the best way to make a difference in life.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Child Development associate, Bachelors in communication studies, Master's in Management
  • Miss Jasmin

    Miss Jasmin, Floater

    Ms. Jasmin has been in ECC for three years. She joined KinderCare in August 2014. She is Persian and speaks Farsi. She is pursuing her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.


    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Pursing B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
  • Ms. Shanti

    Ms. Shanti, Infants

    Ms. Shanti has been in ECC for 17 years. She has been with KinderCare for 6 years. "When I see my babies smile, it makes me smile too" . Ms. Shanti is an Infant teacher at Isaac Newton and mother to one daughter who is 12 years old.


    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
  • Ms. Sonya

    Ms. Sonya, Infants

    Sonya Aly is a CDA certified, lead teacher with over 25 years of experience working in the childcare industry. Sonya earned her bachelor’s degree in Agriculture & Food Industries from the University of Assyiut (Egypt) in 1981. Upon graduating, she was given the opportunity to be an assistant teacher at a local preschool, where she first fell in love with educating growing minds. Immigrating to the United States with her family in 1990, Sonya continued her journey as a teacher, earning herself a lead role in the classroom. Some of her skills include, effective listening and communication, as well as analytical and problem solving skills. In her free time, Sonya enjoys cooking and baking, and most importantly spending time with her family and new granddaughter.

    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Discovery Preschool

    Heather has worked with young children for over 10 years.  She received her certification in Early Childhood Development in West Virginia through the Dept of Labor.  She has worked with various age groups throughout the years.  She especially loves the two year olds because of their energy and explosion of learning at this stage.  She is married and has two teenage sons.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Carolyn

    Ms. Carolyn, Prekindergarten

    Ms. Carolyn has been in the teaching profession for over 25 years and has been with KinderCare for 22 years, teaching Preschool first and then moving into Prekindergarten for 12 years. Ms. Carolyn provides a well structured, nurturing, and learning classroom providing all the necessary skills for children to do well in Kindergarten. Achievement awards given to Ms. Carolyn’s classroom include Distinct Manager’s Choice Award for the best Prekindergarten classroom in 2012 and Most Enriched Classroom in 2011.

    Year Started:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Associate of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Vivian, Prekindergarten

    Be faithful and enthusiastic about you job. Children expect you to be there so you want to put your best foot forward. Be a teacher first.

    Ms. Vivian has been a prekindergarten teacher here for 38 years.  She started her career as a Head Start teacher and enjoys seeing those light bulb moments.  Her favorite thing to see is the moment when a child begins to learn their letters.  She believes that “you can do a lot of good things with young people.  After their parents, we’re the first teachers they encounter.  We need to establish a level of trust and prepare them for school.”  Her classroom bursts with creativity; she goes to great lengths to keep the content fresh and inviting.

    Years in ECE industry:
  • Mr. Ali

    Mr. Ali, School Age

    Mr. Ali is from Kosovo. He has a bachelors degree in Dramatic Arts and a French Diploma, Alliance Francaise, received in 1998 in Geneva, Switzerland.  He has been working with children from 1998 to 1999 for voluntary work.  Also from 2001-2002 as a Social Cultural Educator in Albanian Popular University.  He loves sports and activities since childhood; soccer, basketball, volleyball, karate, table tennis, bike riding, skiing, hiking and chess.

    Bachelors in Dramatic Arts

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Albanian,Farsi

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

At KinderCare Isaac Newton Square we ensure children’s health and safety comes first. We understand that a well trained, stable staff that cares deeply about children is central to a quality program. The staff is selected based on their professionalism, skills, training and ability to work with children. A background check and fingerprinting are completed before an individual is eligible to work at our center. In addition to employing qualified teachers, KinderCare Isaac Newton Square strictly follows Virginia state licensing teacher-to-child ratios. This allows us to give children the attention, focus and nurturing care they need. Cleanliness at KinderCare Isaac Newton Square is a priority, and you’ll notice when you tour our center that it is extremely clean to minimize health and safety concerns. Toys, surfaces and children’s environment are disinfected daily and as needed by the teaching staff. Our center is cleaned by a custodial service at the end of each day so you can rest assured that floors are vacuumed and mopped, and bathrooms, drinking fountains and sinks are sanitized each evening. Teachers and staff also conduct daily safety checks of both indoor and outdoor play areas for children and monthly fire drills.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

As a parent, nothing gives you better peace of mind than knowing that your child is safe and happy. In the chaos of life and when I am at work, it truly is a blessing that I do not have to worry about these two things. KinderCare teachers work to develop my children’s cognitive skills in a supportive yet nurturing environment. I am amazed of their development and how much they have learned. What further impresses me about this particular center is that teaching goes beyond the classroom. The center constantly organizes collaborative efforts involving the various classrooms, teachers, staff, and even parents to assist in philanthropic events and outreach. As a civil servant, I know that appreciating and understanding one’s civic duty cannot be learned in a classroom setting. At KinderCare, compassion for others is modeled by teachers and thus emulated by children who by nature generally focus on their own needs. For example, after the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, the center organized efforts to assist KinderCare children from the affected states. I was incredibly proud to see my two-year-old son gather some of his beloved belongings and his favorite clothes to donate to children in need. There are many daycare facilities that can teach your child. KinderCare Isaac Newton Square rises above the rest because they ensure your child’s development is well rounded inside the classroom and beyond.

- Mother

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